Sochi, Russia • Halfway through the Sochi Olympics, ski racer Ted Ligety takes another run at the podium Sunday while bobsled driver Steven Holcomb begins his quest for gold.
Ligety, the triple world champion from Park City, will race in the men’s super-G, after having missed a medal in his first race here, the super-combined. Bode Miller also is in the mix for the Americans, still searching for his first medal of the Games, as well.
Holcomb will take the first two of four runs in the two-man bobsled competition with Steve Langton as his push athlete. The defending four-man champion from Park City has improved steadily during his training runs here, but he has to be considered an underdog to Russia’s Alexandr Zhubkov and Alexander Kasjanov, who both enjoyed strong training runs on their home track.
Alpine’s Chris Fogt will compete, too, pushing for driver Cory Butner in the USA-3 sled.
Salt Lake City’s Faye Gulini and Torah Bright compete in the women’s snowboardcross event with hopes of matching two other Utahns, Park City’s Sage Kotsenburg and Joss Christensen, who already have won snowboarding gold in Sochi.
And finally, speedskaters Heather Richardson of West Jordan and Brittany Bowe of Salt Lake City try to end U.S. Speedskating’s misery in the women’s 1,500 meters. Neither one was close to the podium in their better event, the 1,000, though, and hopes are not high for a breakthrough after a week of poor performances by the Americans and distracting drama about the qualify of their new, high-tech (and since discarded) skinsuits.
- Michael C. Lewis
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